Faculty

USC Kaufman Vice Dean and Director Jodie Gates

Jodie Gates

Vice Dean & Director

Jodie Gates has established a remarkable career as an educator, director, choreographer and dancer. Her professional career includes dancing as a principal ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet.

Tiffany Bong

Tiffany Bong

Lecturer

Hip-Hop

Tiffany “Jimini” Bong is an international hip-hop dance artist, entrepreneur and community leader who draws on her expertise in 21st century hip-hop pedagogy and curriculum design to bring next-level teaching practices and programs into learning institutions.

Alison D'Amato USC Kaufman Faculty Member

Alison D'Amato

Lecturer

Dance Studies

Alison D’Amato is a Los Angeles-based dance researcher, choreographer and performer who holds a PhD from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, an MA in European dance theater practice from Trinity Laban Conservatory (UK), and a BA in philosophy from Haverford College.

Gillian Finley

Gillian Finley

Lecturer

Ballet

Gillian Finley danced professionally with Ballet Pacifica, Nevada Dance Theatre and Eugene Ballet and, for ten years, she served as the director of Ballet Pacifica’s elite Conservatory program.

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Jesus Fuentes

Lecturer

Ballroom

Jesus “Jay” Fuentes is a talented educator and an accomplished performer in the entertainment field. He teaches ballroom at the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

USC Kaufman Vice Dean and Director Jodie Gates

Jodie Gates

Vice Dean & Director

Jodie Gates has established a remarkable career as an educator, director, choreographer and dancer. Her professional career includes dancing as a principal ballerina with the Joffrey Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet.

Zippora Karz

Artist in Residence

Ballet, Repertory

Zippora Karz is a former soloist with the New York City Ballet, where she performed for 16 years on stage and in television. She is a master teacher, currently responsible for staging the ballets choreographed by George Balanchine.

Anindo Marshall

Lecturer

Afro-Cuban

Anindo Marshall is a percussionist, certified Dunham Technique instructor, and a member of the Katherine Dunham Certification Board who teaches dance and music at schools worldwide.

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Achinta S. McDaniel

Lecturer

Bollywood

Achinta S. McDaniel, a pioneer of contemporary Indian dance in the United States, is the founder and artistic director of Blue13 Dance Company, a contemporary Indian dance theater in Los Angeles, California.

Victor Quijada

Victor Quijada

Faculty Artist in Residence

Contemporary, Repertory

Victor Quijada is the founding director and choreographer of the Montreal-based contemporary dance company, RUBBERBANDance Group. He has a rare perspective on a large spectrum of dance, possessing knowledge and experience that spans from the street corner to the concert hall.

Christian Vincent

Christian Vincent

Lecturer

Jazz, Tap

Christian Vincent, MFA, is a prolific dancer and choreographer whose work has appeared in numerous feature films, television shows, concerts and commercials. He has performed with musical artists including Shakira, Prince, Britney Spears, Stevie Wonder and Madonna among many others.